In hours before he died, Jesus assured his apostles that they would be with him in his heavenly kingdom.
28 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations.
29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;
30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Verse 28 in My trials: Jesus recognized that the disciples had been present and had suffered with Him during His ministry.
Verse 29 Jesus passed on His kingdom authority to the apostles who would continue planting the church, a part of the kingdom. The authority that Jesus bestowed on them was like the authority that the Father had bestowed upon Him.
Verse 30 eat and drink-sit on thrones judging: This is a promise of future blessing and authority. The disciples were promised a seat at the banquet of victory and the right to help Jesus rule over Israel on His return. (Read Matthew 29:28; 2d Timothy 2:12).
Jesus promised a condemned criminal: You will be with me in Paradise
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Jesus promise eternal life to the thief, doing what the mockers had asked Him to do
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
The fulfillment of both promises is possible because Jesus surrendered his life for mankind even for sinners like that criminal. Jesus’ sacrifice was so vital that he commanded his followers to commemorate it.
19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.
20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Verse 19 My body-do this in remembrance: Jesus instituted a new meal which is not only a memorial of His death, but also a fellowship meal in unity. It is a proclamation and a symbol of the believers anticipation of Jesus’ return, when all God’s promises will be fulfilled (read 1 Cor, 10:16-17; 11:23-26) The bread of the Lord’s Supper represents the body of Jesus, offered on behalf of His disciples.
Verse 20 This cup is the new covenant: The wine of the Lord’s Supper depicts the giving of life, a sacrifice of blood, which inaugurates the new covenant for those who respond to Jesus’ offer of salvation. (Read Hebrew 8:8, 13; 9:11-28). This is the strongest substitutionary image in the Gospel of Luke; Jesus died on the Cross in our place and for our sins (Acts 20:28).
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.
Courtesy of Edward Jeffries